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A protest rally following a fatal gang rape in 2012. Image courtesy of New York Magazine. The rape crisis in India
In a letter published online in the journal Lancet, Anita Raj, PhD, director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego, looks at recent statistics about rape in India and asks what they mean.
The data, she says, suggest that while the prevalence of sexual violence in India is among the lowest in the world at 8.5 percent, it translates to roughly 27.5 million female victims.
Just 1 percent of these victims, she said, report the crime to police.
Low reporting rates may be due in part to the fact marriage rape is not a crime in India, according to Raj, and most sexual violence in India occurs in marriage. Adolescent wives are most vulnerable, accounting for 24 percent of rape cases but only 9 percent of the total female population.
In the essay below, Raj elaborates upon the crisis confronting all Indians, and suggests some remedies.

In recent months, the international media has been rife with reports of gang rape in India, from a female Danish tourist in Delhi reportedly targeted after asking for directions to a village council-ordered attack upon a 20-year-old woman in West Bengal, allegedly raped as punishment for her relationship with a man outside her tribe.
These reports follow numerous other accounts of gang rape in India, all following the notorious and fatal 2012 gang rape of a young female physiotherapy student who was simply trying to take a bus home from the movies in Delhi. While hardly unique to India, the issue of rape in that country appears to be escalating in incidence and brutality.
The prevalence of non-partner rape is actually reported to be lower in India than in many other parts of the world, including the United States and North America, according to the World Health Organization. But crime data suggest the incidence of rape is growing in India and has been for some years, this growth may be attributed to both in actual numbers and in increased willingness of victims to report the crime.
A review of media reports over the past year suggests that rape, most notably gang rape, is a rising concern in India, particularly among unmarried adolescent and young adult females.
Unfortunately, crime data from India do not provide gang rape-specific data, limiting the ability to derive insights. Gang rapes are typically a fraction of all rape cases in the United States, where such data is collected: 10 percent of all sexual assaults involve multiple perpetrators, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics.
The preponderance of media-identified gang rape cases in India suggests this percentage may be higher there, at least in terms of non-partner rapes, though again, hard data is scant.
Nonetheless, gang rape speaks to a broad social acceptability of organized brutal and public acts of male-perpetrated sexual violence against women and girls. Without immediate, robust and ongoing intervention, the women and girls of India remain doomed to live fearfully in a country and society that sanctions brutality.

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I have tears in my eyes.

Like I don’t even think you guys understand the magnitude of this tweet. The sheer humanity of this, they are dying over there. No they are being SLAUGHTERED but they have the ability to still think to help people they have never met, people they will never meet. They understand what the people in Ferguson are going through, they see it because they are going through it too.